A former Deputy Publicity Secretary of the Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chuks Ibegbu, on Tuesday reacted to the formation of a Biafran government by former Niger Delta warlord, Asari Dokubo.
Ibegbu said Asari would not have made such a declaration if President Muhammadu Buhari had engaged Biafran agitators rather than using force on them.
In a statement, Ibegbu faulted the creation of a physical Biafra, stressing that what is needed was “Biafra of the mind.”
According to Ibegbu: “Following the formation of the Biafra government by Asari Dokubo, the entropy over neo-Biafra would not have reached this stage if President Buhari had at an early stage engaged the agitators rather than using brute force on them.
“For us, we need not a physical Biafra but Biafra of the mind. Biafra is a spirit that means never say never. There should be Biafra in Nigeria, Biafra in Daura, Biafra in Sokoto, Biafra in Kaduna, Biafra in Ogbomosho, Biafra means creativity and endurance. For me, that is the kind of Biafra I want and not one of the 60s, but of course, the Nigeria state has to tap from the Biafra spirit.
“Asari is a Mujahideen, a crusader of Jihad, not Islamic Jihad but social Jihad. He may not be happy about Nigeria’s condition more than fifty years after the war. However, I still believe everything can be negotiated by good governance in Nigeria and a level playing ground for all Nigerians.
“Nobody can dismiss the Biafran experience but Nigeria can still be rebuilt since the black race sees Nigeria as the beacon of the black man. All it needs is good governance and honest leadership.
“But if we all feel Nigeria cannot work or some people think the nation is theirs, then we can sit down and agree on how to go our separate ways.
“Nobody can agree to be a slave to another person in Nigeria. Nobody will have a monopoly of appointments, projects and opportunities in Nigeria.”